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Tropical Sunset Air Force 1s, Mac Miller Converse + More Fresh Customs

From tropical sunset Air Force `1s to custom Mac Miller Converse, Angelus sponsored artists have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to create some truly unique and exciting new designs.

Check out the customs below to get some ideas for your next project and see how Angelus paints can be used to create one-of-a-kind customs.

Tropical Sunset AF1s

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

These Tropical Sunset AF1s are perfect for some summer night vibes.

Designed by sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear, these custom Air Forces feature a clean red, orange, purple, and blue color palette, a tropical floral pattern, and custom dripping Swooshes.

Make sure to check out DeJesus Custom Footwear on YouTube to see his latest tutorial on how you can use an airbrush to achieve a similar gradient effect as seen on these customs.

7-11 Air Force 1s

(source: @mache275)

Sponsored artist @mache275 came through with a pair of customs dedicated to everyone's favorite convenience store.

These custom AF1s feature 7-11s classic red, orange, and green color scheme, 7-11 branding, and custom Nike branding across the heel tabs.

Mac Miller Converse

(source: @bbizon)

Sponsored artist @bbizon worked with a customer recently to create an incredible pair of Converse dedicated to the late great Mac Miller.

These customs feature the artwork of Mac's posthumous album Circles and his classic 2014 mixtape Faces.

Make sure to pick up a 12 color assortment kit if you want to try recreating this complex design.

Kobe Jordans

(source: @truebluecustoms)

The NBA season is set to resume later this month, so it's time to get your basketball customs ready for the playoffs.

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms designed these custom Jordan 4s dedicated to Kobe and the Lakers. The customs feature the signature Lakers purple and gold color scheme and Kobe's numbers, 8 and 24, printed across the tongues and ankle collars.

Sonic Vans

(source: @bbizon)

For this last pair, sponsored artist @bbizon threw it back to a childhood classic.

These handpainted Sonic-themed Vans feature a solid blue base, Sega branding, a portrait of Sonic himself, and a Vans stripe repurposed to represent the classic Green Hill Zone from the game.

Grab a detail brush set and see which of your childhood favorites you can bring to life on a new pair of customs.

Make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more great customs like these and stop by our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom kicks.

The Do's & Don'ts of Using Angelus Duller

If you use Angelus paints to create your customs, you might've noticed by now that they tend to leave a little bit of a shine once dry.

While this can be good for some designs, you might prefer more of a dull matte finish for some of your customs.

The Do's & Don'ts of Using Angelus Duller | Angelus Paint

Fortunately, getting that smooth factory finish is pretty easy with a little bit of Angelus Duller.

To show you how to accomplish this, sponsored artist @DeJesuscustomfootwear stopped by to make a quick video to show you everything you need to know about using Angelus Duller on your custom shoes.

Painting With Duller vs. Without Duller

Using Angelus paint straight fro the bottle works perfectly fine. All of our paints are ready to be applied to any common shoe material without needing to worry about cracking, peeling, or any other damage.

However, without using any duller or finishers, these paints can leave a glossy finish after drying. While there's nothing wrong with this, you might prefer a matte finish as you'd typically see on a pair of shoes straight from the factory.

Check out the difference below:

Duller comparison

To get that factory finish, all you need to do is mix a little bit of Angelus Duller with your paint before applying it to the shoe.

The Right Ratio

While there's no magic ratio for mixing duller with paint, it's important not to overdo it.

If you add too much duller to your paint, you'll end up with a strange chalky finish rather than a matte factory finish as you can see below:

Chalky finish

On top of this, too much duller will make your paint stiff and brittle, meaning your customs will be less flexible and more likely to wear down quickly.

To avoid this, we generally recommend that you mix 5% to 10% duller with Angelus paint for a matte/flat look.

Duller & Finishers

What do you do if you finish your custom paint job and decide you want more of a flat look instead of a glossy finish? Can you add duller after painting?

Unfortunately, no, duller is not a topcoat and won't do much if applied to a finished custom paint job. Instead, you can use duller mixed with an acrylic finisher for a matte finish.

Acrylic Finisher

Angelus acrylic finishers not only help adjust the finish of your shoe, but they can also help protect the paint from minor scratches and scrapes.

Note: We do not recommend adding more than 0.5 oz of duller to a 4 oz. bottle of finisher.

Best Time to Use Duller

Duller can be particularly important to use when working on softer materials like canvas, mesh, and primeknit.

Leather shoes, like Air Force 1s, tend to have a glossier look even before painting, so it's not as noticeable if your paint leaves a little bit of an unwanted sheen.

On the other hand, canvas shoes, like Vans, have a completely flat finish. Without using any duller, it becomes extremely obvious that they have a custom paint job.

To make sure your canvas, mesh, or primeknit shoes maintain that factory finish, you're going to want to mix some duller with your paint before you get started.

To see more great customs and tutorials, make sure to follow us on Instagram, and don't forget to check out our website to grab the materials you need for your next project.

Customs Inspo: Chunky Dunky AF1s + More

Artists around the country have been hard at work for the past couple of weeks creating new and unique customs.

If you're looking for ideas for your next project, or you just want to see what your fellow sneaker artists have been working on, check out some of our favorite customs from the past few weeks below.

Chunky Dunky AF1

(source: @sneakerqueenscustoms)

Miss out on the "Chunk Dunky" Nike SB drop? As long as you're willing to put in a little bit of time, you can create your own.

Artist @sneakerqueenscustoms designed these custom "Chunky Dunky" AF1s, featuring the same Ben & Jerry's-inspired details as the official collab.

Want to try recreating this design yourself? Make sure you have the right set of brushes before you get started.

Charlie Brown Vans

(source: @lucha_loafers)

"I think I'm afraid of being happy because whenever I get too happy something bad always happens." - Charles Schultz

Sponsored artist @lucha_loafers paid tribute to Charles Schultz's iconic characters with this pair of custom checkered Charlie Brown Vans.

Banned Jordan 1s

(source: @sneakerheadinthebay)

The Jordan 1 has become one of the most popular sneakers of all time, and it all started with the Banned 1s.

Sponsored artist @sneakerheadinthebay offers a unique take on the Banned 1s, featuring the same black and red colorway, white midsole, red sole, and a pair of "X's" painted across the heels.

Freddy Yeezys

(source: @truebluecustoms)

You don't have to wait for October to get started on your Halloween customs.

These impressive custom Yeezys, by sponsored artist @truebluecustoms, feature the same red and green color scheme seen on the infamous Freddy Krueger sweater along with blood-speckled soles, and twin blades painted along the sides.

Metallic Jordan 4 Custom

(source: @wallychamp15)

If you were a fan of the Air Jordan 4 Metallic Pack, then these last customs should be right up your alley.

Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 designed three pairs of Jordan 4s, dressed in red, white, and blue, respectively. Each pair features a solid colorway with matching laces and clean metallic eyelets.

To see more great customs like these, make sure to follow us on Instagram, and check out our online store to pick up the paints and materials you need for your next pair of customs.

The Basics to Airbrushing Using Angelus Paints

Airbrushing is a great way to create interesting effects and designs that you might not be able to accomplish with a paintbrush, but it's important to know how to do it right.

Airbrush Essentials - The Basics to Airbrushing Using Angelus Paints

Angelus Paints come airbrush-ready, but if your airbrush needle is smaller than .5mm or your paints are a bit old and clumpy, then this tutorial by @dejesuscustomfootwear will demonstrate the proper way to thin them out and get them ready to for smooth airbrush application.

Materials Needed:

Materials

First, you'll need to get your materials ready. For this tutorial, the tools used include:

  • Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint
  • Angelus 2-Thin
  • Leather Preparer and Deglazer
  • Sand Paper - Paint Strainer
  • Tape
  • Angelus Detail Knife
  • Angelus Matte Acrylic Finisher
  • Angelus Brush Cleaner
  • Grex Genesis Airbrush Combo

If you need to pick up any of these materials, you can find them on the Angelus online store.

Prep Work

Like any custom project, start by prepping your shoe before you begin airbrushing.

Start by lightly sanding your shoes with 400-grit sandpaper before moving on 800-grit and finishing with 1,500-grit.

Leather Preparer & Deglazer

Next, use a cotton pad to apply Angelus Leather Preparer & Deglazer to the shoe. This helps remove the factory finish to ensure the paint adheres to the shoe.

After this, tape off the parts of the shoe that you don't want to paint. When airbrushing, it's difficult to control where the paint goes, so it's important to make sure to cover everywhere that you want to avoid painting.

Tape off the shoe

Prepare the Paint

In addition to preparing the shoe, you need to prepare the paint for airbrushing.

While Angelus paints are airbrush-ready, smaller needles and clumpy paints can make things difficult.

2-Thin

So, if you're using a needle smaller than .5mm or need to thin out your paint, mix one part of Angelus 2-Thin with four parts of paint. This will prevent the paint from clumping up inside of the airbrush.

If you want a clean matte factory finish, you can also use Angelus Duller to reduce gloss.

Straining the paint

Lastly, run the paint mixture through a strainer to catch any leftover clumps or particles.

Start Painting

Once your paint is prepared, fill up your airbrush to get started.

Airbrushing

For the first coat, mix white paint with your base color. This will help create a more evenly-colored surface to build off of.

Make sure not to spray to close to the shoe to avoid clumping. Instead, spray back away from the shoe to create an even coat.

Airbrushing

Keep applying coats until the entire surface is evenly covered, then let the paint completely dry before moving on.

Final Touches

Once your paint dries completely, peel off the tape and do any final touch-ups that you deem necessary.

Acrylic Finisher

For example, if any paint managed to find its way onto your midsole, use a toothpick to clean it up.

Once everything is to your liking, finish off the shoe with Angelus Acrylic Finisher. This adds an extra layer of protection to the shoe and helps improve the final look.

Apply the finisher with your airbrush and use a heat gun to set the finisher. Once the finisher is set, your customs are ready to go.

Airbrush Tutorial Finished

If you found this tutorial helpful, make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like this, and make sure to follow us on Instagram to check out some more great customs.

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